Africa

Our mission is to find new ways of unlocking the potential of teachers throughout Africa.

We have two offices in Africa, located in Ghana and Uganda. We are proud to work alongside governments at local and national levels to drive excellence in Africa’s classrooms and support the next generation.

Programmes
Through our Challenge Fund, we support early-stage ideas that have big potential to change the future of education. In Africa, this includes Teach for Uganda, a project designed to end education inequality, and Teach for Ghana, which places promising university graduates and young professionals as teachers in high-need communities.

Our programmes are also designed to radically improve education for girls. Using satellite technology to deliver interactive lessons, our Making Ghanaian Girls Great! project, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, has significantly boosted literacy and numeracy among some of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised girls.

We have also reached over nine percent of teachers in Uganda via our Instructional Leadership Training Programme (ILTP). Of all school with with leaders that have completed the programme, 87% are rated as either good or outstanding.

Global Teacher Prize and National Teacher Prizes
We are very proud to celebrate the best teaching across Africa through our Global Teacher Prize and our support for National Teacher Prizes in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan.

At the 2018 Global Education and Skills Forum, which hosts the Global Teacher Prize award ceremony, we announced a new partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, which will improve the skills of thousands of school leaders across the country.

The partnership will build on our work in Ghana and will provide all in-service and aspiring school leaders with the skills to manage their schools more effectively. The programme, funded by the Global Partnership for Education and implemented by the Varkey Foundation, will include collecting and analysing data to ensure all students receive a good education, wherever they attend school.

Policy and research
New research is vital in understanding the challenges unique to many of the regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The research we commission maps the attitudes of young people and parents and provides analysis of the social status of teachers throughout Africa.

Data from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda allows us to address governments and the international community and helps shape the work we do in these regions.

We also bring together groups of like-minded people, from top leaders and thinkers represented in our Atlantis Group to our Varkey Teacher Ambassador community, to improve education for young people.